verb (used with object), pur·posed, pur·pos·ing.
verb (used without object), pur·posed, pur·pos·ing.
Words nearby purpose
Idioms for purpose
Origin of purpose
OTHER WORDS FROM purposepre·pur·pose, verb (used with object), pre·pur·posed, pre·pur·pos·ing.re·pur·pose, verb (used with object), re·pur·posed, re·pur·pos·ing.un·pur·posed, adjectiveun·pur·pos·ing, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for on purpose
Word Origin for purpose
Idioms and Phrases with on purpose (1 of 2)
Deliberately, intentionally, as in He left the photo out of the story on purpose. Shakespeare's use of this idiom was among the earliest; it appears in The Comedy of Errors (4:3): “On purpose shut the doors against his way.”
accidentally on purpose. Seemingly accidentally but actually deliberately, as in She stepped on his foot accidentally on purpose. This generally jocular phrase was first recorded in 1862.
Idioms and Phrases with on purpose (2 of 2)
see at cross purposes; for all intents and purposes; on purpose; serve a purpose; to good purpose; to little or no purpose.